Saturday, October 13, 2007

Sourdough bread

Sourdough bread
Originally uploaded by goforchris.
Many, many years ago, when all the world was young, I was inspired to make my own bread using the recipe given me by a good friend who at that time was the wife of the Rector of Holy Trinity, Dunoon and lived in the Rectory. On a regular basis I would make a batch of four loaves and freeze three of them. When I returned to teaching, such domestic goddess stuff was an early casualty, and it is only in the last few years that I have returned to breadmaking. Now, however, my breadmaking friend is the wife of the Bishop of Argyll, and I use a breadmaking machine.

But today I was inspired by the current occupant of The Rectory to try making sourdough bread. Using Kimberly's recipe, and Kimberly's starter, I produced these two beauties. I've nibbled a wee bit and it's delicious, though at this hour of the night I don't care to eat more. I'd forgotten how long hand-made bread can take - and going for a trip on the Waverley didn't help to hurry the process; next time I'll plan the start-time more sensibly. But I shall heat it up tomorrow and enjoy it to the full.

Another thing I'd forgotten: the phone always rings just when you've begun the kneading for the first time. Always. I think that bit might be done in the machine ...

1 comment:

  1. Your sourdough pictures have a two-fold effect on me at this moment: first, an inspiration to crack open the new bag of flour tomorrow afternoon and second, relief that I am not the only one who blogs about what I cook! (See

    I had to nod with agreement about the synchronicity between kneading and the phone. For me, however, it's needing to scratch an itch on my nose while kneading; I let the phone ring on.